New changes to the state driver’s manual are meant to prevent situations like the killing of Philando Castile in July 2016. Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says…

“As we know all too well traffic stops can turn deadly, as did the one where Philando Castile lost his life and one way we believe to reduce the danger is to have a clear understanding of what should happen during a traffic stop.”

Castile was shot during a traffic stop after informing a Falcon Heights police officer that he had a firearm in his vehicle. The officer believed Castile was reaching for the weapon when he shot Castile. The manual now has a clear direction that motorists with firearms should keep their hands on the steering wheel as the officer approaches, let the officer know they have a firearm and tell the officer the firearm’s location.